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Medicas UIS

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RAMOS-VALENCIA, Omar Andrés; BUITRON-GONZALEZ, Yuliana; ARISTIZABAL-GRISALES, Juan Carlos  and  VILLAQUIRAN-HURTADO, Andrés Felipe. Prevalence and factors associated with overweight and obesity in teachers at a public university in Popayán- Colombia in 2021. Medicas UIS [online]. 2023, vol.36, n.1, pp.21-34.  Epub Apr 29, 2023. ISSN 0121-0319.


the prevalence of obesity continues to increase worldwide, which translates into a greater risk of acquiring non- communicable diseases. Modifiable risk factors, which contribute to this problem, are associated with work situations in which working conditions exist under musculoskeletal dynamism. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and factors associated with obesity and overweight in teachers of a public university in the department of Cauca, Colombia in 2021.


quantitative, cross-sectional study; 256 teachers were selected. Professors in the recent abdominal post-surgical period or with abdominal liposuction were excluded. A survey was applied inquiring about sociodemographic data, knowledge about obesity and overweight, habits and anthropometric measurements. Descriptive analysis, Chi square tests and multiple logistic regression were performed.


47.7% of the teachers were classified as overweight; 49.6% stated that they consumed alcoholic beverages; 18.4% had a high risk of cardiovascular disease and 48.4% were at risk of presenting metabolic syndrome. For their part, male teachers have a greater chance of being overweight (OR: 2.16 CI: 95% 1.22-3.81), compared to female teachers. In turn, those teachers who eat between the three main meals, the chance of presenting a high risk of cardiovascular disease is 69% lower (OR:0.31 CI:95% 0.15-0.65).


male university professors have a higher prevalence of obesity and overweight, high risk of acquiring cardiovascular disease and higher cardiovascular risk compared to women, being of multifactorial cause.

Keywords : Obesity; Overweight; Prevalence; Teachers; Risk factors.

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